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Mock Scrapes

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The woods where I hunt are full of scrapes and rubs and some of the scrapes are still being worked. I have sat all season and as of yet have not seen a legal buck. Do any of you make a mock scrape? I bought a WRC dripper and some scent at Walmart, but I have never heard of anyone who has had any luck with this making the buck show in the daylight.
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I've tried the mock scrapes and when I have the camera on them, they will visit but not like I figured and all of them were at night!!!
Did you doctor the scrape that you were hunting ?
Try following one of those scrape lines closer to a thicket or bedding area.
Put down a good doe estrous attractant like Grave Digger / Code Blue or Tinks.
I usually catch them cruising a scrape line back to their bedding areas right at first light.
I prefer using their existing scrapes, its a time saver in two ways.
I drag a rag with Tink's all the way down the scrape line and sit from daylight until dark. I spray Tink's occasionally into the air. After several weekends I am trying to figure out what else I can do. I cover the scrapes with leaves and straw when I leave and they are clear the next morning so I know he is visiting them at night. I don't know what to do to make him move during the day.
Right location at the right time can be productive. I personally prefer finding a primary scrape that I can put a camera on to see whats coming to work/check it. If its a good buck working it at night ill put a dripper on it for 3 to 5 days and then start hunting as far downwind as possible and still see the scrape. If its open enough to see well i wont necessarily "see" the scrape but anything checking it. You will see more mature bucks scent checking downwind than if you sit on top of the scrape. Sad daddy wont bother with it till he verifies it with his nose the majority of time. You can use this method to your advantage but ya gotta put your seat time in. I only set my dripper to dispense at daylight in order to try and pattern daylight activity on the scrape. Also worth noting this works much better pre rut/early rut before the majority of doe come into estrous cycle. Bucks typically abandon scrapes in order to round up doe in known bedding/feeding areas. Long story short....... yes they will/do work but you still gotta be in the right place at the right time.
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